NEW GUARDIANS #5

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The problem when you explore a different planet. Is that you have to take with you my friend Janet. Unless it's the Orrey - a planet that likes adultery - as well as the sea bird the Gannet. Well, that is what these guys told me! Writer: Tony Bedard; Artist: Tyler Kirkham; and Publisher: DC Comics in February 2012.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
In 'the Orrery', we see everyone's not so favourite colourful gang of galactic guardians, except for Bleez, split up, and then explore a galaxy sized spaceship called... err... the Orrery.

  • Now during there travels, Fatality and Munk discover that their planet is Okaara, when some Okaarian warriors confront them. 
  • Whereas Arkillo and Saint Walker discover that their planet is Tamaran, when some Tamarian maidens greet them upon their arrival.
  • But as for Kyle and Glomulus on the other hand - well - the planet that they both stumble onto does not like the look of Glomulus at all! Because he wear's Larfleeze's signature. So they get their 'protector', Invictus, to kick their asses in.

Oh! And before I forget to mention, two questions need to be posed as well. (1) Does Atrocitus kill Bleez when she visits him on the planet, Ysmault? (2) And what is Laflezze hiding from the gang whom he sent to explore 'the Orrery'?

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
I liked it when Kyle was lumbered with Glomulus, and he said to him 'Y'know, at first I was glad that your boss sent you in his place. But now I'm wondering if Lafleeze didn't set us up'.

Plus Glomulus reply wasn't bad either 'Pfffft'.

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
My personal favorite scene in this issue was the exchange between Fatality and Munk. I found that it gave a bit more back-story on each of the characters involved, plus it gave them a layer of personality that I have not seen before.

Moreover, I do like the idea that Tamaran and Okaara is a part of the Orrery now - exciting, isn't it.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
I am afraid to say that whole scene between Atrocitus and Bleez did not work for me. Granted, I am sure that this 'segment' will be expanded upon later. But within the confines of this particular story, it just acted as an interlude to another tale.  

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: To me, this issue appeared like an introductory sequence within a new story arc. Plus, on a personal level, I do like to see this type of 'exploratory aspect' on a book - it refreshing, very nice to travel along with, and comes across as innovative and clean at the same time. Also, the small character incites were a treat to read too, and shows that the best is yet to come.

ART: Why does Tyler Kirkman feel the need to highlight Fatalities breasts in each panel she is in? OK, I have to admit, they are very nice breasts. But it can be cold in outer space at times you know! Also, the repetitive blank background's does make the art side of things a bit sparse at times.

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
FATALITY: Zoe Saldana, who plays Uhura from 'Star Trek', could fill out this tough cookies role any time of the month (expect during her own time of the month of course).

GLOMULUS: Ha! No brainier. This wacky orange sod is the spit of Slimer from Ghostbusters hands down (especially the green tinged cartoon version).

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Come to the planet that other planets go to for vacation! It's Orr-ne-ri-fic!

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why?
Due to the whole exploratory aspect of this issue, I found on a certain level it did remind me of David Attenboroughs natural history documentary 'Life On Earth' - even though it is set in space.




FINAL thoughts...
To be blatantly honest with you, I was seriously contemplating dropping this title after this current arc had ended. However, thanks to the last couple of great installments, this notion has been wiped clear from my mind, and I would love to see where this series is headed next.

MARKS out of 10? 8.5